Size, cost, and design will have the biggest impact on your choice of folding recumbent bike, and whenever possible, it is best to test ride the bike to ensure it is stable, comfortable, and properly fitted to you. Begin your search for a folding recumbent bike by visiting a local bike shop to ask for advice on shopping for the bike, and to see if the shop stocks any recumbent models. The bike is likely to be more expensive at a bike shop, but you will be getting better customer service in many cases, as well as warranty options and free or discounted service in the future.
Folding recumbent bike models feature hinges on the frame in most cases that allow the bike to be folded up for storage during traveling. These hinges need to be easy to use, and they need to lock into place quickly and easily. The joint should not move when the bike is in use, and any quick release levers should stay in place during the typical jostling a frame will undergo during normal riding. This is an important safety consideration that can prevent dangerous falls, and it will also have an impact on the overall ride quality of the folding recumbent bike.
Size is very important when purchasing this type of bike, not only to ensure the bike folds up very compact, but also to ensure it fits your body well. A bike that does not fit well will be very uncomfortable to ride and can even lead to injuries. If possible, get fitted to the folding recumbent bike at a bike shop to ensure you purchase the correct size. If this is not possible, be sure to take careful measurements of your body and compare them to the recommendations set forth by the manufacturer. Choose the most appropriate size, and once you have purchased it, go to a bike shop to get the bike adjusted to your body.
The cost of a folding recumbent bike will vary according to the features, manufacturer, and materials used to construct the bike. If you will be traveling with the unit often, try to choose frame materials that are lightweight; aluminum is a good choice, and some steel frames are not too heavy, though they will be heavier than aluminum. The lighter materials do tend to be more expensive — especially when you consider materials such as carbon — so balance weight, strength, and cost to find the best option for you.